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NBA free agency: Wade turns down option for 2015-16

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With Dwyane Wade turning down his 2015-16 option with the Miami Heat, one of the franchise’s greatest players will become an unrestricted free agent.

Stats & Info looks back at Wade’s accomplishments and considers what else he can achieve.

Franchise leader

Wade is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals, games and minutes played, among others categories.

His 18,812 career points are nearly twice as many as any other player in franchise history. Second is Alonzo Mourning with 9,459 points.

Wade was selected with the fifth pick in the 2003 draft after he played for two seasons at Marquette. In his rookie season, he made the game-winning shot with one second left in his first playoff game, on April 18, 2004, against the Hornets.

He led the Heat to the 2006 NBA title and was voted MVP of the Finals in one of the most dominant Finals performances in NBA history. He and the Heat also won the NBA title in 2012 and 2013.

His single-game career scoring high is 55 points, achieved April 12, 2009. That is one of Wade’s three 50-point games, all coming in a two-month stretch in 2009.

Wade was chosen the All-Star Game MVP in 2010.

What does Wade have left?

In his 12th NBA season, Wade averaged 21.5 points per game in 2014-15 on a career-low 31.8 minutes.

Only six guards in NBA history have averaged more points in an age-33 season or later than Wade did.

And Wade’s scoring average, although lower than his career average of 24.1 points (which includes last season), ranked 11th in the league. The only guards to average more points last season were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

Wade missed 20 games in 2014-15 and has not played 70 games in a season since 2010-11. In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season (in which teams played 66 games), he appeared in 49 games (which is equivalent to about 61 games in an 82-game season).

First-rate player, second-fiddle salary

In Wade’s 12-year career, he never has been the highest-paid player on his team.

Chris Bosh is currently the Heat's highest-paid player, with a salary of $22.2 million next season, so it's unlikely Wade would become the team's highest-paid player.